WC Countdown: One day to go!

A single day remains before the global showpiece begins and our three featured number one goalkeepers are as followed.

1. Manuel Neuer

Position: Goalkeeper

Nationality: Germany

Age: 32

Despite only playing three games all season during an injury-ravaged season with Bayern Munich, Neuer has been backed as the World Champions first-choice going into Russia 2018.

While the decision has been unpopular in some quarters of German media, given the form of FC Barcelona stopper Marc Andre Ter Stegen, Neuer's incredible influence on the side can never be underestimated.

More than just a goalkeeper, the 32-year-old's role as a sweeper with technical abilities of an outfield player offers his back-four that extra bit of confidence.

2. Thibaut Courtois

Position: Goalkeeper

Nationality: Belgium

Age: 26

The towering Courtois has often been described as a complete goalkeeper, due to his incredible reflexes, excellent positional sense, while standing at 1.99m tall.

Since making his senior debut as a teenager back in 2011, the Chelsea keeper has been an ever-present figure within the Red Devils squad.

One of the key members of their Golden Generation that have developed through the youth ranks, Courtois has kept 29 clean sheets in 58 caps for his national side.

3. David De Gea

Position: Goalkeeper

Nationality: Spain

Age: 27

De Gea, a four-time Manchester United Player of the Year is firmly Spain's number one after succeeding the legendary Iker Casillas.

The acrobatic goalkeeper had to wait patiently for his chance despite displaying incredible consistency at United over the past seven seasons since leaving Atletico Madrid.

The 2017/18 Premier League Golden Glove winner recorded 22 clean sheets in 46 games across all competitions this season.

And will look to replicate that form with a La Roja side in turmoil, following the managerial debacle that marred their World Cup plans on the eve of the tournament.

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